Fascinating Rumor About Why Lucasfilm Isn't Developing an Obi-Wan Kenobi STAR WARS Story Yet
We've been hearing rumors for awhile that an A Star Wars Story film based on Obi-Wan Kenobi has been considered at Lucasfilm. Actor Ewan McGregor said that he would be interested in reprising the role if they did move forward with the development of the film. In a previous interview, the actor explained:
“I’ve always thought there was a story to tell between my last one and Alec Guinness’ first one. It would be fun to film that story now I’m older. I’d be the right age. I’m forty-five, Alec Guinness was what, sixty? I could do two of them (laughs)!”
As of right now there has been no official statement from Lucasfilm regarding an Obi-Wan film, but according to EW's Anthony Breznican, a film based on the Jedi Master is not in development at the moment, and while talking to the "Rebel Force Radio" podcast this weekend he gave a fascinating reason as to why that might the case.
This is just a rumor, but if it turns out to be true it could prove to be a major spoiler for future Star Wars films, so don't read ahead if you don't want to know.
Here's what Breznican had to say:
"I have heard rumors that the one reason they haven't moved sooner on Obi-Wan is that they're not done with Obi-Wan quite yet in the Saga films. So I wouldn't be surprised to see an Obi-Wan [solo film] happen beyond Episode IX."
So there's a chance that Obi-Wan could show up in a future Sags film, which would be pretty damn cool if it's true. I'd love to see Obi-Wan show up again in his ghost force form. There were rumors before The Force Awakens came out that McGregor would reprise his role as Obi-Wan in the sequel trilogy, so maybe there is some actual truth to those. McGregor did end up doing some voiceover work that was mashed together with the voice of Alec Guinness in The Force Awakens saying, "Rey? These are the first steps." The next logical step to to see his force ghost show up!
I don't know why the character appearing in the Star Wars saga films would keep Lucasfilm from developing a standalone film project for him, but if it's true I guess they have their reasons.
It would be interesting to see how Rey and Obi-Wan are connected with each other. Since he did talk to her, there should be something there between the two characters. Like I said earlier, though, this is all just a rumor. We'll just have to wait and see if there is any truth to it when we see how the rest of the Star Wars saga plays out.